Research shows that managers with a sense of humor are more effective communicators, better salespeople, have more engaged employees, and earn more money(eventually).
It would be rare to be one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” and not score well on fun at work.
In 2005, researchers at the University of Maryland showed that mental stress constricted blood vessels, reducing blood flow. Laughter caused the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels to expand, increasing blood flow. Laugh more and be more focused and productive.
Humorous motivational speaker Adrian Gostick says in his fun at work book, The Levity Effect, that if employees are busting a gut, they'll bust their butt!
Who would you rather work for...? A workplace stiff whose hard nosed mentality completely discounts the human element of work, or a leader who is open minded, flexible and encourages lively discussion and fun interaction? Obviously the second. Studies reveal that people work harder for people they like.
Generally people who have fun together also trust each other.
Laughing allows you to use levity to decrease tension in the workplace.
Researchers Lawrence Peter and Bill Dana say, “A sense of humor is deeper than laughter, more satisfying than comedy, and delivers more rewards than merely being entertaining. A sense of humor sees the fun in everyday experiences. It is more important to have fun than it is to be funny.”
As a humorous motivational speaker I suggest people forget about being funny and focus on having fun. It is a good start to develop a willingness to laugh at difficult situations.